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May 19, 2017 05:32 PM

Students Paint About Drug Addiction And Recovery

High school students are channeling their inner artists for Friday night's "Student Art Show" in downtown Sioux Falls. Paintings featuring drug addiction and recovery will be taking center stage at Oh My Word on Phillips Ave. 

Roosevelt freshman Jonathan Ekberg is dedicating his piece to his late cousin Kadin. Kadin died of a drug overdose this past Thanksgiving. 

"It's been kind of hard. I've been going through the depression phase, the grief cycle. I think I'm starting to put the positive output in it," Ekberg said. 

That's because he's been able to express himself on canvas at school. 

"My hand shows the dead, cold hand of my cousin and how he died. That's not the way to go. I don't want to see more kids like this," Ekberg said. 

Ekberg's art will be displayed alongside a painting from junior Alexia Moya and more at Oh My Word from 5 to 8 p.m. Moya has lost friends to tragic drug overdoses as well. 

"Surprising at such a young age that they have to go through a lot of the stuff that they do," Moya said. 

Moya is featuring the different kinds of drugs you can get addicted to and the people you will leave behind. 

"It doesn't only affect you, it affects everyone around you," Moya said. 

"I'm so impressed by the talent and by the variety you see among all the pieces," Johnson said.

Oh My Word co-owner Melissa Johnson says she wanted to host the show because it fits right in with her business. 

"Our mission is all about helping people tell their story. Sometimes you tell your story with words on paper and sometimes you tell your story on canvas with a paintbrush," Johnson said. 

And these students are putting themselves out there for a good cause. 

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